Leading the Way: Savage Data Systems, the backbone to the ERTH GB Connector, becomes the first NAESB ESPI v3.3 Green Button certified solution in Ontario

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ERTH GB Connector powered by Savage Data Systems

The countdown to November 1, 2023 has begun and utilities across the province are busy planning their path to Green Button Certification and their Green Button Launch to give energy consumers more tools to lower their utility bills and meet the requirements of O. Reg 633/21: ENERGY DATA. Savage Data Systems’ Data Custodian is the first solution in Ontario to be tested by the Green Button Alliance and successfully complete the Certification process for Green Button Download My Data (DMD) and Connect My Data (CMD) supporting NAESB ESPI version 3.3 for electricity (including some optional Function Blocks), gas and water consumption data.

To support utilities with implementation of their Green Button solutions, ERTH Corporation and Savage Data Systems joined forces to provide a seamless, secure and cost-effective Green Button Solution.  ERTH offers its GB Connector to facilitate the user experience while Savage Data Systems offers its GB Data Custodian to provide a comprehensive solution.

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ERTH Power implementing Green Button solution starting in January 2022

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ERTH GB Connector powered by Savage Data SystemsIngersoll, ON – ERTH Power Corporation is pleased to announce that it is set to deploy its Green Button solution starting in January of 2022.

In partnership and collaboration with Savage Data Systems, Utilismart Corporation, and SilverBlaze, the solution will allow customers to access Green Button data through the comfort of their existing SilverBlaze self-serve customer portal (MyAccount). The ERTH GB Connector, powered by Savage Data Systems, will manage the requirements of the Green Button standard but will also be available for deployment in any existing customer portal. As a result, ERTH Power will be able to offer a seamless customer experience and not need to deploy new systems, thereby mitigating cost impacts.  Savage Data Systems will work with NorthStar and Utilismart Corporation to connect the customer and billing data that is required “The security of our customer data is paramount. By using our existing systems it not only makes it easier for our customers, but it also gives us the comfort of knowing that our data is secure.” explained Graig Pettit, Vice President & General Manager of ERTH Power. “The ERTH GB Connector tool means we are not integrating data to yet another location to be further synchronized and managed. That was a risk we were not prepared to take!” added Pettit. Read More »

CHEC Association – Collaboration with ERTH

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Author: Laurie Palmer, Chief Operating Officer, Business & Infrastructure Services, ERTH Corporation

In the complex world of utilities, collaboration is key. The CHEC Association is a prime example of collaboration and innovation between 15 Ontario utilities, formed with the objective to share ideas, strategies, services and resources. With many smaller utilities lacking the scale and resources required to meet regulatory requirements, CHEC provides a reliable support network to ensure they are able to adapt and respond to change.

Information technology is one of the core areas of focus for the CHEC Association. Customer Information and other utility systems are complex and require a significant level of expertise to maintain and operate. In addition, cyber security threats have never been greater, which is why the task of protecting utility assets against cyber attacks and creating a sustainable model for utilities to operate under became an initiative for the CHEC Association.

The vision was to create a common Customer Information System environment that would allow the CHEC members to take advantage of shared IT infrastructure, setups, testing and even services such as billing, call center, and credit and collections. The CHEC Association partnered with ERTH Corporation, to host a common Customer Information System platform that bolsters their cyber security posture, reduces risk, and also allowed members to leverage ERTH’s utility expertise when and if required.

The CHEC members went live on the new hosted Customer Information System in March of 2021. “This was truly a collaborative effort amongst the entire team and we are really excited to continue to push our shared services model to the next level.” said John Sherin, President of CHEC.  It did not take long for members to start collaborating and leveraging resources. Recently, Orangeville Hydro experienced a shortage in their billing department and was able to work with ERTH to secure billing coverage for a period of time until new staff could be hired and trained. “It provides some peace of mind and is really just good risk management to move in this direction. Ultimately, being able to collaborate with other CHEC members and ERTH will help us keep costs down for our rate payers, which is important to us,” added Rob Koekkoek, President of Orangeville Hydro.

About CHEC

CHEC is a collaborative association of 15 Local Distribution Companies (LDCs) operating in the province of Ontario. With a dedicated staff of six employees, CHEC works with its members to deliver support across all areas of operation including Finance and Regulatory, Billing Systems and Customer Information Systems, Operations and Health and Safety, Conservation and Demand Management, and Communications. To learn more, visit the CHEC website.

About ERTH

ERTH Corporation is a diverse group of companies providing a wide range of products and services to Utilities and Municipalities. Owned by nine municipal shareholders, ERTH distributes electricity to 15 communities in southwestern Ontario and has grown to be a leading solutions provider in the areas of technology, metering, construction and substation maintenance. ERTH’s technology division specializes in bill design, document fulfillment, billing, CIS application management, cloud computing and EBT hub services.

ERTH Corporation Announces Completion of the ERTH Energy Community EV Network

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Two electric vehicles plug in at the Port Stanley Beach EV Charger location.

Ingersoll, ON – Chris White, President & CEO of ERTH Corporation, today announced the completion of the ERTH Energy Community EV Network, a network of 24 publicly accessible level 2 electric vehicle (EV) chargers connecting ERTH’s 15 service communities that stretch from Lake Erie to Lake Huron. Using its knowledge of the local electricity grid and leveraging relationships with municipal shareholders, ERTH is deploying a network of EV chargers in locations that make sense for both EV drivers and the electricity system. The new EV chargers are located at twelve locations in eight communities will provide residents with more options to charge their vehicles where they live, work and play.

To encourage increased adoption of zero-emission vehicles, Natural Resources Canada has agreed to provide $99,900 in funding to ERTH Corporation to help it build 21 of the 24 EV chargers across southwestern Ontario. ERTH and its participating municipal shareholders are contributing the parking spots and the remaining funds required to the purchase and install the EV chargers. With the federal funding, the total cost of the project is approximately $330,000.

Federal funding for 21 of the EV chargers is provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP), which supports the government’s ambitious target to have all new passenger vehicles sold in Canada be zero-emission by 2035. The funding provided to ERTH is intended to support charging in more localized areas, such as on street and in other areas intended for public use.  The new charging locations include a mix of on-street locations (Aylmer, Goderich, Tavistock and Mitchell) and public parking lots located at arenas, tourism information centres, beaches and in downtown cores (Aylmer, Port Stanley, Goderich, Belmont, Norwich and Clinton). The infrastructure resulting from these investments will ensure that people can charge their vehicles reliably and safely in these communities.

Electricity to the chargers will be provided by the local electricity distributor, ERTH Power Corporation – Your Hometown Utility. The chargers are pay-for-use and EV drivers will pay a competitive market rate to charge their vehicles, which is currently $1.50 per hour of charging.

Chris White President and CEO of ERTH Corporation plugging in an electric vehicle charger

Chris White, President & CEO of ERTH Corporation plugs in an electrical vehicle at an ERTH EV charging location.

The ERTH Energy Community EV Charging Network will soon expand with the installation of a level 3 EV fast charger at the Goderich Tourist Information Centre.  ERTH has also partnered with the County of Elgin and the Municipality of Central Elgin to install 20 level 2 EV chargers at their respective workplaces. These projects are expected to be completed by the fall of 2021. These investments add to ERTH’s growing mix of clean distributed energy resources throughout the communities that it serves, which include 900kW of solar generation on municipal properties.

About ERTH Corporation:
ERTH Corporation is a diverse group of companies with its origins in the utility industry. Owned by nine municipal shareholders, ERTH distributes electricity to 15 communities in southwestern Ontario and it has grown to be a leading provider of products and services in many industries including utility, energy retailer, municipal, and commercial and industrial to name a few. With customers across North America, ERTH is committed to improving the overall customer experience while helping to lower operating and maintenance expenses for our customers. For further details on ERTH Corporation, please visit www.erthcorp.com.

About ERTH Power Corporation:
ERTH Power Corporation is a licensed distribution company (LDC) providing efficient delivery of electricity, billing and maintenance service to over 25,000 residential and commercial customers within its licensed boundaries. Areas that ERTH Power currently service include the municipalities of Aylmer, Port Stanley, Belmont, Ingersoll, Thamesford, Otterville, Norwich, Burgessville, Beachville, Embro, Tavistock, Clinton, Mitchell, Dublin and Goderich. For further details on ERTH Power Corporation, please visit www.erthpower.com.

Media Contact:
Jocelyn Facciotti
Marketing, Communications and Sustainability Coordinator
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Chris White Named to Canada’s Clean50 List for 2021

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click to visit Clean50ERTH Corporation is pleased to announce that Chris White, President and CEO, has been named to Canada’s Clean50 list for 2021 for his activities in evolving the traditional utility business model by embracing distributed clean energy resources.

“Canada’s Clean50 Awards are announced annually by Delta Management Group and the Clean50 organization to recognize those 50 individuals or small teams, from 16 different categories, who have done the most to advance the cause of sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada over the past 2 years,” said Gavin Pitchford, CEO, Delta Management Group. “Chris White was chosen after rigourous screening and research by Delta Management, with advice from internal researchers and external advisors, and was among Honourees selected from an initial pool of approximately 900 well qualified nominees. Delta’s criteria in determining Honourees is to carefully consider actual measurable accomplishments, demonstrated innovation, collaboration with other organizations, and the power of Chris’ contribution to inspire other Canadians to take similar action.”

Chris WhiteWhite and ERTH were commended for work in the Traditional Energy category. Under his leadership since 2016, the electricity distributor and energy service provider has embraced community solar and energy efficiency retrofitting. One of their projects, ERTH Community Power, represents a partnership of 9 municipalities in Ontario created to develop solar facilities on municipal buildings. In the first year of operation, their 7 solar projects generated 1,000 MWh while offsetting 20 million tonnes of CO2 and is expected to generate over $4 million for local stakeholders over the life of the project. ERTH also has a Turnkey LED Streetlight Upgrade Program, completing retrofits for over 60 municipalities and saving over 15,330 MWh/year. “The Clean50 Honourees come from such a broad array of backgrounds, such that only a few individuals are able to be recognized within any given category,” continues Pitchford. “To receive a Clean50 award is truly indicative of both industry and personal leadership in the Traditional Energy category.”

The Clean50 are nominated in one of 16 categories; leaders in each of the categories are then made part of the distinguished Clean16. As the leader in the Traditional Energy category, Chris was also named to Canada’s 2021 Clean16. “The 2021 Clean16 are truly the leaders of the leaders in sustainability in Canada. The competition for the top spot this year in every instance left us with a record number of great choices – and to be selected from amongst such a strong group of peers is truly a testament to the contribution Chris White has made to helping make Canada more sustainable for all Canadians,” says Pitchford.

White is honoured to receive such a prestigious individual award but recognizes that the efforts are due to a committed group of employees, board members and communities. “This acknowledgment recognizes the hard work and the commitment of the ERTH team and its stakeholders to clean energy and energy efficiency,” expressed Chris. “The Clean50 and Clean16 awards let us know that ERTH is on the right path and it inspires us to continue embracing a sustainable future.”

About ERTH Corporation:
ERTH Corporation is a diverse group of companies with its origins in the utility industry. Owned by nine municipal shareholders, ERTH distributes electricity to 15 communities in southwestern Ontario and it has grown to be a leading provider of products and services in many industries including utility, energy retailer, municipal, and commercial and industrial to name a few. With customers across North America, ERTH is committed to improving the overall customer experience while helping to lower operating and maintenance expenses for our customers.   For further details on ERTH Corporation, please visit www.erthcorp.com.

Media Contact:
Jocelyn Facciotti
Marketing, Communications and Sustainability Coordinator
226-228-4382
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About Delta Management Group / Canada’s Clean50:
Leading ESG, sustainability and clean tech search firm Delta Management Group in 2011 founded, and remains the steward of the Canada’s Clean50 awards, created to annually identify, recognize and connect 50 sustainability leaders from every sector of Canadian endeavor, in order to facilitate understanding, collaboration and innovation in the fight to keep climate change impacts below 1.5 degrees C.  Ancillary awards also recognize 20 Emerging Leaders and the Top Sustainability Projects of the year, as well as bestow Lifetime Achievement designations. For details on Canada’s 2021 Clean50, opens in a new windowvisit the Clean50 website

Media Contact:
Gavin Pitchford
416-925-2005 x 2300
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ERTH Corporation to Showcase Quadra Estimating and Quoting Software at Key2Act Synergy Online 2021

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Once again this April, ERTH Corporation will be attending opens in a new windowKey2Act Synergy Online 2021 as a Gold Sponsor to showcase opens in a new windowQuadra estimating and quoting software. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event will be held virtually April 26 – 30, 2021.

In today’s business climate with pandemic restrictions, companies must adapt traditional processes and find ways to improve efficiency. Quadra’s suite of quoting tools provides HVAC, Mechanical and Utility companies with the ability to quickly and accurately quote service calls, service maintenance contracts, and large projects essential to both securing new business and retaining existing clients.

Our team of Quadra experts will be available at Key2Act Synergy Online 2021 to demonstrate Quadra’s feature-rich, customizable interface and seamless integration to Dynamics GP and Key2Act.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear directly from our customers!

ERTH Corporation will be hosting two workshop sessions at this year’s event, featuring Quadra customer, Storer Services. As a long-time user of Quadra Service Call and Contract Quoting software, Storer Services shares how Quadra has helped to streamline their sales process and increase close rates.

To view the full event schedule for Key2Act Synergy Online 2021, visit opens in a new windowKey2Act Synergy 2021.

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Stay safe and see you at Key2Act Synergy Online 2021!

XOi Technologies integrates with Quadra

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. —  XOi Technologies has announced an innovative new integration with Quadra, a top project, maintenance contract, and quoting solution powered by Ontario-based ERTH Corporation for commercial mechanical HVAC contractors.

“Quadra’s customers experience the same issues as XOi’s customers, making this integration an ideal fit,” said Aaron Salow, CEO and founder of XOi Technologies. “Both XOi and Quadra are dedicated to helping commercial and industrial contractors overcome labor shortages and increase the efficiency of service, maintenance, and repair operations. The question isn’t whether to adopt technology to do that — it’s selecting the best technology for your needs, and we’re confident this partnership will help more contractors increase productivity.”

“For years, generating quotes has been a time-consuming task for technicians,” said Justin Payton, service manager of SitelogiQ. “Our solution takes the burden away from them so they can focus on service and installation. Working with XOi means that contractors can increase efficiency and also improve the customer experience to build trust and long-term relationships.”

Article reference:  go to https://www.achrnews.com/articles/143367-xoi-technologies-integrates-with-quadra

 

ERTH Continues to Operate during COVID-19

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ERTH Continues to Operate during COVID-19opens IMAGE file As ERTH Corporation continues to operate during this unprecedented time, I am writing to provide you with an update on the status of ERTH services.   At this time we are working hard to maintain business continuity in the long term while also protecting the health and safety of our employees and the public.   We want you to know that we are doing everything possible to ensure you can keep counting on us.

Firstly, I want to reassure you that our number one priority remains the health and safety of our employees, customers and partners.  We are actively following the guidelines and recommendations of Public Health organizations and we continually monitor official third-party communications.  Having said that, be assured that our mission has remained unchanged and we will continue to provide innovative and high-quality services to our customers.

To stay ahead of these extraordinary circumstances, we have undertaken several measures including, but not limited to the following:

  • ERTH facilities have been closed to non-essential visitors and increased cleaning has been implemented
  • Restrictions have been placed on face-to-face meetings and travel
  • Returning to work protocols have been established and are actively being monitored
  • Employees who can work from home are now doing so under our Work From Home agreement
  • Social distancing measures have been enacted with increased segregation of office personnel, work crews, staggered shifts and separated facility touch-down locations

The above measures follow ongoing steps performed by all staff to manage exposure to the virus though proper hygiene, sanitation, communication, social distancing and self-isolation as required.

We thank you for your continued support and wish good health and safety to all of our clients partners, their employees and their families.

 

2018 ERTH Awards

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On May 30, 2019, ERTH Corporation honored our ERTH Award recipients.  The ERTH Awards recognize ERTH stakeholders who display a commitment to conservation, sustainability and work to improve the future.

Smathis is The Olde Bakery Caféopens IMAGE file ll Business Category – The Olde Bakery Café The Olde Bakery Café is an intimate restaurant located in a renovated building which was once a very well known Ingersoll bakery with a superb menu and mouth-watering baked goods. The Olde Bakery Café was ERTH Power’s launch location for the Business Refrigeration Program. Through the Business Refrigeration Program, motors were upgraded in the coolers, strip curtains were added to the walk in cooler, and coolers were upgraded with LED lighting.  The Olde Bakery Café also participated in the Small Business Lighting Program which provided a free lighting assessment and lighting upgrades to LED in the café.

 

 

Inthis is Sivaco Ontarioopens IMAGE file dustrial Category – Sivaco OntarioSivaco Ontario, located on Thomas Street in Ingersoll, is an integral part of the Sivaco Wire Group.  Sivaco Ontario has many production processes and their finished products are used in various commercial and industrial applications such as: Fasteners, Automotive Parts and Construction Materials.  In 2018 Sivaco Ontario replaced their existing air compressor with a rotary screw compressor, replaced their desiccant air dryer with a cycling refrigerated air dryer, and upgraded two timer drains saving them 413,166.0000 kWh yearly.  Sivaco also upgraded 156 lights to LED saving them 215,156.000 kWh.  Sivaco Ontario received a total incentive of $65,668.50 through the Save On Energy Retrofit program to help with these upgrades.

Congratulations to the Olde Bakery Cafe and Sivaco Ontario!

Hydro Ottawa Implements Quadra

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HYDRO OTTAWA IMPLEMENTS QUADRA FOR CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATING

Quadra Powered By ERTHHydro Ottawa chose Quadra, powered by ERTH Corporation, for its project estimating needs.  Hydro Ottawa manages a very large and complex distribution system.  They have created hundreds of design standards to ensure their systems continue to run safely and efficiently.  With all the complexity within their systems, it was the simplicity and ease of use of Quadra that they liked.  Quadra can efficiently manage all of Hydro Ottawa’s complex and dynamic design assemblies and integrate into its ERP for real-time pricing of materials.  Click here for the full Press Releaseopens PDF file